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Descriere: epa07258815 A handout photo made available by NASA on 02 January 2019 shows a composite of two images which provides the best indication of Ultima Thule's size and shape so far (l) taken by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and James Tuttle Keane's impression (R) illustrating one possible appearance of Ultima Thule, based on the actual image at left. The direction of Ultima's spin axis is indicated by the arrows. Preliminary measurements of this Kuiper Belt object suggest it is approximately 20 miles long by 10 miles wide (32 kilometers by 16 kilometers). The New Horizons spacecraft launched on 19 January 2006 â€' beginning its odyssey to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. New Horizons was the first mission to Pluto, completing the space-age reconnaissance of the planets that started 50 years earlier. It was also the first mission to explore the solar system's recently-discovered 'third zone' the region beyond the giant planets called the Kuiper Belt. EPA/JHUAPL/SwRI/ NASA / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
ID fotografie: 11863188
Redactor: EPA
Locatie: LAUREL - USA
Dimensiune: 4800 x 2700 px
Realizat: 2019-01-01
Introdus: 2019-01-02 22:46:50


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